FOOD PACKS READY!
CSWD Chief Fabello: "Ang walay madawatan nga ayuda gikan sa national agencies sama sa driver sa public utility jeepneys, taxis, public utility vans, public utility coasters, public utility buses, motorelas, trisikad, habal-habal; motorbike; scavengers; fishermen; farmers; street families; graduates sa NCII ug Community Improvement Division programs mao ang ilang prayoridad nga tabangan subay sa Executive Order no. 052 nga gipagawas ni Mayor Oscar Moreno."
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Reacting to the growing clamor of hungry and irate city residents for food support, City Mayor Oscar Moreno finally announced the City Government is ready for the food packs distribution on Monday, March 30, 2020.
This, as the city's chief executive already felt the growing clamor for food after a community quarantine has been in effect in the city two weeks ago.
Thousands of city residents have lost their jobs after private establishments shutdown operations as a result of the implementation of a community quarantine in the city.
Those who were badly affected include workers in malls, small and medium enterprises, drivers of taxis, pedicabs, tricabs, and motorela drivers, carpenters and all other construction workers, scavengers, beggars in the streets, and other ambulant vendors.
Irate residents the other day mobbed the internet and echoed their sentiments over the mayor's alleged inaction of their clamor for food support, claiming they all became jobless and they are only dependent upon on their daily income for their food consumption every day.
As the city mayor has finally announced the distribution of food support, Local CSWD officer Christopher Fabello has also confirmed that thousands of food packs are now ready while repacking was also ongoing at Xavier University open space, as offered by the University president.
Fabello also assured the city mayor that the distribution of food support will start on Monday in the forty barangays of the city. But Fabello also claimed those that will be prioritized are the low income families who have lost their jobs such as tricyle drivers, taxi drivers, ambulant vendors, security guards, factory workers and construction workers, among others.
FEAR OF DISORDER
Fourth Infantry "Diamond" Division chief BGen Nemesio Gacal during a regular press briefing also echoed the sentiments of the hungry people in their houses for lack of food to serve in the table.
He said he feared that people will become unruly and disgruntled if the food supply will be extended in more weeks. These people, Gacal said, have lost their daily income which are their only means for daily subsistence.
To answer to this immediate concern, the decorated military officer said he has already created a team to coordinate with barangay leaders to fasttrack the masterlist of barangay beneficiaries, espcially those vulnerable sectors who have stopped their daily income because of the implementation of a community quarantine.
IRATE RESIDENTS MOB THE NET
Menwhile, many also of the city's working population who were forced to stay at home mobbed the internet and echoed their disgust of the mayor's executive order for a community quarantine. These were the sectors which comprised of sales clerks in malls, sales ladies in private businesses, ambulant vendors, beggars in the streets, workers, waiters and waitresses, and all other jobs which supposedly gave them daily income.
Over a comment section of the City Mayor's daily press briefing, irate residents took turns on lambasting Mayor Mareno's alleged very slow responses on the need for food of those affected by the coronavirus crisis which also triggered the community quarantine order of the local chief executive.
Other residents have also aired their grievances on the comments section of Magnum Radio and Bombo Radyo and other City Government FB pages, saying they needed help and intervention from City and barangay officials.
Magnum Radio Station Manager Jun Albino in his morning news program said a crying caller has asked help from their station as the family have no more food supplies.
"Naluoy gyud ko sa maong caller ug giadtuan gyod nako sa ilang lugar nga may pagkalayo raba," the radio manager said.
Enday Lantuyan, children of 5 and wife of tricycle driver said since the quarantine implementation last week her husband cannot support the family anymore.
"Unsaon paman niya pagsuporta kanamo nga nagpagawas naman ug order si Mayor nga magpuyo nalang sa balay. Ang kita ra sa iyang pagdrive among gisaligan sa matag adlaw."
(How could he support us when the mayor ordered everyone to stay at home. His daily income is what we are dependent upon for our daily subsistence," Lantuyan told MDN in an interview.
"Dili kita mamatay ani sa Covid kundi sa kagutom. Duha ka semana na gud walay kita akong bana. Sige lang presscon unya mga tawo gipanggutom na kay walay income. Bisag pan wala diha," she lamented.
She said almost all the drivers of 'habalhabal' (single motorcycle), 'baobao' (tricab) and motorized tricycles (pedicabs) that were only dependent on their daily income are now sacrificing their families since the quarantine implementation of the mayor.
"Ila untang nakita sa wala pay community quarantine kung pila ka libo ka mga draybers and magutman kay gasalig lang sa kita sa matag adlaw aron makapalit ug bugas," she claimed. (They should have seen this problem before the implementation of a "community quarantine." How many thousands of drivers are dependent on their daily income to survive everyday's food consumption)